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June 27, 2022

City plan commission discusses proposed hotel projects
The Rhinelander Plan Commission approved a pair of resolutions Tuesday evening designating proposed boundaries for two new tax incremental financing districts (TIDs) associated with a pair of proposed hotel projects. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2022

A piece of history
Leadership Oneida County participants Rachel Boehlen, Erin Gottsacker and Tommy Wartmann stood on the Oneida County Courthouse lawn Monday morning to unveil the plaques fabricated as part of their effort to create a self-guided walking tour of the historic building. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2022

Oneida zoning will take a fresh look at administrative review permits
The Oneida County zoning committee and department staff will take a fresh look at the complexity of the county's administrative review permit process - a process that was designed to simplify and streamline permitting for some businesses but which many find needlessly complicated. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2022

Consultant outlines 'roadmap' for referendum communication
School may be out for the summer but the work is just beginning for the School District of Rhinelander as it gears up for an operational referendum on Nov. 8. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2022

Preliminary hearing set for Wildcat in hit-and-run death case
The preliminary hearing for a 24-year-old Lac du Flambeau woman accused of fatally striking Alejandro Retana-Echeverria, 31, on U.S. Highway 51 during the early morning hours of June 16 is scheduled for June 29 at the Vilas County courthouse. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2022

MHLT reflects on response to threats
After June 7 threats against Oneida County school officials prompted the cancellation of that evening's school activities in Minocqua and a suspect, 18-year-old Adam J. Bauman, was arrested, the Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk school board discussed their district's response to the incident at the board's monthly meeting on June 20. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2022

Oneida County sheriff's office participates in multi-agency raid
Members of the Oneida County sheriff's office were among law enforcement personnel involved in the execution of search warrant in Lincoln County in the town of Bradley. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2022

Ad hoc committee discusses more potential transit sites
An ad hoc subcommittee of the Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission (OVTC), formed this spring to pursue potential sites for a new Northwoods Transit headquarters after plans to purchase a long-sought property likely fell through, met June 15 to discuss updates on a variety of options. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 24, 2022

Case against man accused of threatening school officials moves forward
The 18-year-old Woodruff man accused of making terrorist threats toward two local school officials is set to be arraigned July 11 following a preliminary hearing Thursday morning featuring testimony from a Woodruff police detective. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

A long-awaited return
Surveying recent repairs to the Riverwalk Centre band shell are, front, Concerts on the Riverwalk coordinators Sue Schneider and Jan Leschke, and back, Rhinelander Area Community Band director Marilyn Pekol and president Nicki Roffers. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

PFAS-related research 'halted' following alleged tampering incident
A PFAS-related research project at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport has been put on pause while the police department investigates alleged tampering with equipment associated with the project. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Ripco Credit Union supports Rhinelander Fourth of July Parade
Ripco Credit Union is once again supporting the Rhinelander Fourth of July Parade. Diane Sowinski, vice president of marketing and business development, recently presented a $1,000 check to parade organizers on behalf of the credit union.
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Schiek declares no open meetings violation in Mott listening session
Oneida County district attorney Michael Schiek has absolved former county supervisor Bob Mott of any liability - and further declared there was no open meetings violation at all - after The Lakeland Times filed a complaint alleging that Mott and the land conservation committee he chaired violated the law when they publicly noticed a formal public hearing and then turned it into an informal listening session without any further notice. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

City prepares for street reconstruction projects
Millions of dollars in improvements to Rhinelander city streets are set to get underway this summer.
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Bangstad asks county to waive parking requirements
A day after agreeing to meet the conditions of his administrative review permit if the town of Minocqua would give him more time on two issues related to parking and access, Minocqua Brewing Company owner Kirk Bangstad went to the county asking for the permit conditions to be amended so that the parking requirement could be waived altogether. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Wildcat makes initial court appearance in Echeverria death
A 24-year-old of Lac du Flambeau woman accused of fatally striking a pedestrian on U.S. Highway 51 during the early morning hours of June 16 was expected to be charged Monday with one count of hit-and-run causing death. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Bangstad call to action prompted barrage of emails to Hartzheim
A call to action last December from the Minocqua Brewing Company (MBC), which is owned by Kirk Bangstad, stoked supporters to write hundreds of emails to Minocqua town chairman Mark Hartzheim, among other things calling him a bully and the king of an "old-boys-network" who was engaging in a political vendetta that amounted to obstruction and harassment. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Crescent chairman speaks out about 'dysfunction' in government response to PFAS contamination problem
Last month, Crescent resident Rebecca Hinterberg went before the Rhinelander City Council seeking answers about PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substance) contamination in her family's potable wells, and action on the provision of clean drinking water from local government entities in light of the issue. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 17, 2022

City highlights site of 'high potential' as skate park plaza study continues
Fifteen months after a group of local teens came to the City Council to request support for the creation of a skate park plaza in Rhinelander, city officials and park supporters are considering potential locations. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 17, 2022

Leadership Oneida County participants create new courthouse walking tour
The Leadership Oneida County (LOC) program, hosted by the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, is extending an invitation to the general public to attend the unveiling and grand opening of the first ever self-guided Oneida County Courthouse Walking Tour.
Friday, June 17, 2022

Preliminary hearing in Punzel case July 8
A preliminary hearing in the case of a former Minocqua police officer charged with perjury and misconduct in office is scheduled for 2 p.m. July 8 before Oneida County circuit judge Mike Bloom. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 17, 2022

Line 5 Pipeline public signing held at Pioneer Park
Wisconsin energy company Enbridge held a public signing last week for a section of the Line 5 pipeline, as part of the Line 5 Wisconsin Segment Relocation Project. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 17, 2022

Public defender to represent Woodruff man in terrorist threat case
A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Thursday morning in the case of the 18-year-old Woodruff man accused of making terrorist threats against local school officials. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 17, 2022

Lake Tomahawk man charged with making terrorist threats
A 50-year-old Lake Tomahawk man is being held in the Oneida County jail on a $5,000 cash bond after he allegedly made "terrorist threats" toward an employee of the Oneida County Department of Social Services. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 17, 2022

High fuel prices impacting local government
The current situation with crude oil, gasoline and diesel prices is hitting everyone in the wallet, including local law enforcement. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 17, 2022

Crescent board talks congestion near Lake Julia landing
The lack of available parking space for Lake Julia boaters is causing congestion on area roads and impeding access to nearby homes for both residents and first responders, according to Crescent town chair Joel Knutson and area resident Jeff Becker.
Friday, June 17, 2022

Oneida LRES moves forward with pay increases for corrections, social services clerical support staff
Oneida County's labor relations and employee services (LRES) committee, on June 8, voted in favor of measures that would increase wages for social services clerical support and corrections staff.
Friday, June 17, 2022

Lake Tomahawk residents question town board about ATV trail access
Residents of Lyannas Road came to the June 8 meeting of the Lake Tomahawk town board to ask what would be needed to open an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) route for nearby trail access. (subscriber access)
Friday, June 17, 2022

DNR asks RP Group for status update on PFAS-related 'commitments'
The Department of Natural Resources wants information from the Responsible Party (RP) Group associated with the Rhinelander area PFAS remediation effort as to the status of certain commitments it claims representatives of the RP Group made during a May 19 conference call with agency officials. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Line 5 Pipeline Signing at Pioneer Park
A group of local citizens, elected officials Rep. Rob Swearingen and state Sen. Mary Felzkowski, labor leaders and tribal members gathered at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander Wednesday, June 8, to show their support for the $450 million proposed Line 5 relocation project in Ashland, Bayfield and Iron counties. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

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